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Springpad's New CEO Hails from TIME : Her 2-Pronged Strategy to Mash Old + New School Trends

Springpad's New CEO Hails from TIME : Her 2-Pronged Strategy to Mash Old + New School Trends

Springpad, the personal assistant app for organizing your digital life, has taken a major step towards appealing to a mainstream crowd.  The company has brought on former TIME Vice President of corporate development Jacqueline Hampton as CEO.  She also joins Springpad's Board of Directors. Prior to Time Inc., Hampton spent seven years in investment banking working for CitiGroup, Salomon Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch in the Media and Entertainment Group. The change comes at a pivotal time for Springpad, currently on the upswing as a welcome beacon for Google Reader users.  The productivity tool has proven its worth time and again... more »
Musky Trains & Reading Site for the Thinking Chair - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Musky Trains & Reading Site for the Thinking Chair - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

The Musk Express   Yesterday, Elon Musk, the billionaire behind Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors revealed a new idea that could use the power of the sun to transport people at supersonic speeds up to nine-hundred miles. Called the Hyperloop, the elevated or subterranean train-in-a-tube is designed to be more cost-effective than modern mag-lev trains, costing only six-billion dollars to build the Los Angeles to San Francisco route, which when complete would reduce the commute down to thirty-minutes. According to a study by the US Railroad Administration, a similar route could cost nearly ten times as much using a magnetic-levitation train. What makes the... more »
Windows 8.1 Now First-time User Friendly

Windows 8.1 Now First-time User Friendly

In June, Microsoft finally unveiled the much anticipated Windows Blue update, which turned out to be Windows 8.1.  The software giant showcased a number of new or returning features on Windows 8.1, such as the return of the Start button, the Start Screen and Lock screen customization, Bing search integration, and other little trinkets for both the tablet and desktop versions. As with everything, before it gets finally released, some areas are improved, some things removed, and other features added. Windows 8.1 X 64 Pro Build 9471,  a test version of the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build, showed off some improvements and... more »
Is Obama's Security Reform Enough for NSA Era?

Is Obama's Security Reform Enough for NSA Era?

On Friday, President Barack Obama held a press conference to discuss the sweeping reforms about to take place in line with the National Security Agency’s PRISM program. The president stated that as commander-in-chief, his duty is to protect the security of the country.  But it isn’t enough that he has confidence in the government’s measure, the public must as well.  With the aid of his national security team as well as others, they have come up with solutions to reform the system. Four new security measures . The security measures currently in place are far from flawless, and the president is aware of this.... more »
LIVE: Violin's Symphony, Meistro of Managing Systems

LIVE: Violin's Symphony, Meistro of Managing Systems

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Tuesday August 13, 2013. Yesterday Violin unveiled their next generation of memory array, joining us now to provide his breaking analysis on this new offering is Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer. Symphony provides the convenience of monitoring and administering all the Violin flash Memory Arrays, even if they are geographically distributed across data centers, through a unified web-based user interface. By monitoring key metrics of all available arrays, database administrators gain valuable insights into the health and performance of their systems before they impact the application. See live feed below... more »
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Appcelerator Succeeds with Vision for Developers in Today's Mobile Era

Appcelerator, a leading provider of cloud-based mobile development solutions, has been named as a “visionary” by Gartner for the second year in a row. The company secured the highest placement for vision and execution in the recently published Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms. "We believe Appcelerator's position as the most visionary company by Gartner in the MADP Magic Quadrant recognizes our ability to establish an industry-leading vision for enterprise mobility," stated Jeff Haynie, the chief executive officer of Appcelerator. "We're proud to offer solutions trusted by thousands of enterprises and more than 480,000 mobile developers." Gartner credits Appcelerator for creating... more »
Customer Experience circa 2013 : How Big Data Aids Marketing Operations

Customer Experience circa 2013 : How Big Data Aids Marketing Operations

Earlier this year Forrester Research, Inc., published its “2013 Customer Experience Predictions” report (January 2013) based on interviews with leading chief customer officers about their biggest challenges and priorities for 2013. Forrester found that over the past two years, consumer technology adoption and market forces have catapulted the field of customer experience into strategic stature.   Forrester’s Customer Experience (CX) Predictions for 2013 include the following: In 2013 tenure in the CX field will drive radically different behaviors – what stage of the game are the early adopters, mainstreamers and late adopters in CX Early adopters will evolve their organizations into well-oiled CX machines – what the leaders... more »
IDC Says Consumers Don't Want To Touch Windows 8 Laptops

IDC Says Consumers Don't Want To Touch Windows 8 Laptops

Late last year, when Windows 8 made its debut amidst a worrying decline over PC sales, Microsoft bet heavily on being able to lure consumers with a fancy new range of touch-enabled laptops that it hoped would sweep over the market and rejuvenate the industry. Alongside Microsoft's much-vaunted Surface Pro and RT ultrabooks, most major PC makers threw their own touchscreeen Windows 8 PCs into the mix, but sadly for them consumers just aren't that interested. According to a report in Computerworld out today, the research firm IDC has just lowered its forecast sales for touchscreen notebooks, and even its... more »
Atlassian Celebrates New Search Functionality with an Interactive Tale in InfoQuest

Atlassian Celebrates New Search Functionality with an Interactive Tale in InfoQuest

Atlassian has put time and thought into what affects the role of everyone--including developers--when it comes to office interactions, communication, and project management with a suite of tools that simplify tracking and organizing the nitty-gritty social details of working together. While that last sentence may make sense to anyone who has worked with a group on a project, the actual implementation of project management and “herding cats” is rarely so easy. To better elaborate on what sort of trouble a team might face, Atlassian released an interactive infographic--which, to me, felt much more like a sort of graphical story with statistics. Take... more »
No Original Ideas : Changing Tactics + Products for Mobile Era

No Original Ideas : Changing Tactics + Products for Mobile Era

Ask and listen. These are the two most important transitive verbs in any successful interaction with a customer. It’s so simple, yet so often forgotten.   Some of the most successful sales professionals lose their way because they forget to ask and listen.  They are confident in their market knowledge.  They have a full understanding of their company’s products and services.  They know the pitch.  All they need to do is to turn on the fire hose and let the customer drink. This mistake is not mutually exclusive to the experienced sales professional.   This contagion often spreads to R&D organizations, product development... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.